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What’s Happening Here is a podcast hosted by Katie Shepherd about pivotal moments in people’s lives that define who we are and the stories we tell.

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

What’s Happening Here is a podcast hosted by Katie Shepherd about pivotal moments in people’s lives that define who we are and the stories we tell.

    11 Ms. Susan | The Way You Handle It

    11 Ms. Susan | The Way You Handle It

    After studying psychology, Susan moved to New York to find a job in what she called “a young person’s field" and as a result, landed a successful career in advertising. Years later, taking the expertise she gained in production into the classroom, Susan began working with high school students on their communication skills. Each year, she and Ms. Cinzia produce the annual speech day at Manhattan International High School. This final episode of season one explores why Ms. Susan believes listening to students and allowing them to share their personal stories is important.

    Special Thanks to:Susan for sharing her story and allowing me into her life. Everyone at Manhattan International High School. Chris McLeod for producing the show and for creating the theme song for the series. Terence Mickey for executive producing the episode. Murray Nossel for the series concept. Samira Tazari and Kerrianne Thomas for your work online. Artist Caitlin Watkins for the episode illustration. What's Happening Here is a production from The Listening Booth.

    • 29 min
    10 Mary | My Mother Told Me Not to Cry

    10 Mary | My Mother Told Me Not to Cry

    Mary and her family were forced to leave their home because of the civil war in their country, Sierra Leone. They spent years living in hiding in Guinea, going without education and often without food. Mary's essay explores the long, difficult years of being displaced from home and celebrates the resilient spirit of her family. Looking for a way to say thanks? Check out our Spotify Playlist: “Thank You To Producer Chris”.

    Special Thanks to: Mary for sharing her story. Everyone at Manhattan International High School. Chris McLeod for producing the show and for creating the theme song for the series. Terence Mickey for executive producing the episode. Murray Nossel for the series concept. Samira Tazari and Kerrianne Thomas for your work online. Artist Caitlin Watkins for the episode illustration. What's Happening Here is a production from The Listening Booth.

    • 14 min
    09 Matt | The Big Man

    09 Matt | The Big Man

    A few days before the annual speech day, one of the students named Matt who was selected to share his story decides to drop out. Matt's teachers, Ms. Susan and Ms. Cinzia, work together to figure out if he is merely perpetuating his usual habit of not completing work or if he is actually just nervous to feel vulnerable in front of his peers. Matt must decide whether or not he is willing to talk about the complicated relationship he has with his father.

    Special Thanks to: Matt for sharing his story. Everyone at Manhattan International High School. Chris McLeod for producing the show and for creating the theme song for the series. Terence Mickey for executive producing the episode. Murray Nossel for the series concept. Samira Tazari and Kerrianne Thomas for your work online. Artist Caitlin Watkins for the episode illustration. What's Happening Here is a production from The Listening Booth.

    • 20 min
    08 Angie and Jonathan | Face It

    08 Angie and Jonathan | Face It

    Angie and Jonathan both have something in common. Yes, they are both immigrant teenagers getting accustomed to life in America after moving from Columbia and Honduras, and yes, they both go to Manhattan International High School. But beyond all that, in this episode they are encouraged to face internal anxieties through the power of teamwork and community.

    Special Thanks to: Angie and Jonathan for sharing their stories. Everyone at Manhattan International High School. Chris McLeod for producing the show and for creating the theme song for the series. Terence Mickey for executive producing the episode. Murray Nossel for the series concept. Samira Tazari and Kerrianne Thomas for your work online. Artist Caitlin Watkins for the episode illustration. What's Happening Here is a production from The Listening Booth.

    • 17 min
    07 Fatime | A Matter of the Mind

    07 Fatime | A Matter of the Mind

    Fatime grew up in the Ivory Coast but spent most of her childhood moving from place to place because of her mother’s struggle with a mood disorder. When Fatime’s brother dies suddenly, she is forced to look after her mother who struggles to cope. In her essay, Fatime explores her complicated feelings towards her mother and makes a plan for the future.

    Special Thanks to: Fatime for sharing her story, Everyone at Manhattan International High School, Chris McLeod for producing the show and for creating the theme song for the series, Terence Mickey for executive producing the episode, Murray Nossel for the series concept, Samira Tazari and Kerrianne Thomas for your work online, and artist Caitlin Watkins for the episode illustration. What's Happening Here is a production from The Listening Booth.

    • 18 min
    06 Ms. Cinzia | The English Teacher

    06 Ms. Cinzia | The English Teacher

    Ms. Cinzia is in her seventh year teaching 12th grade English at Manhattan International High School. Every year, she collaborates with Ms. Susan, a communications teacher, to help her students use writing as a way to learn more about themselves and their places in the world. In this episode, Ms. Cinzia shares the story of her life and her search for good teachers.

    Special Thanks to: Ms. Cinzia for sharing his story. Everyone at Manhattan International High School Chris McLeod for producing the show and for creating the theme song for the series. Murray Nossel, the executive producer of the show, for the series concept and guidance along the way. Artist Caitlin Watkins for the episode illustration. What's Happening Here is a production from The Listening Booth.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

ASEX2315647 ,

Inspiring podcast

This is a gem of a podcast focuses on the personal, inspiring stories of young immigrants and their teachers. Highly recommend! Wish newer episodes were available.

BenTheFolksinger ,

Wow

What a great find!

schartoff ,

Exceptional podcast

Katie Shepherd does a wonderful job following the story of the Manhattan International High School and what culminates at school's speech day, an annual event. This is real audio documentary making that puts listeners in the center of the drama.

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